Google and NCERT today signed a pact to integrate a course on ‘Digital Citizenship and Safety’ in information and communication technology curriculum.
“Internet can be used phenomenally in helping us, it has a potential of damaging the social structure and damaging an individual. It is extremely important for us to understand how can we keep ourselves safe,” Union School Education Secretary Anil Swarup said on the occasion.
He further said the safety awareness programme with Google can be scaled by training teachers on latest development that takes place in internet space.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has curriculum on IT and communication technologies embedded in teachers training programme.
The curriculum developed by NCERT in collaboration with Google will be used to train students from class I – class XII across 1.4 million schools in India where they will learn how to become good and responsible digital citizens.
“We have provided NCERT lot of content that were ready with Google, tools and tips about internet use. We also segregated the curriculum into four different area. we have a different set of programme for different age group,” Google India Director, Trust and Safety, Sunita Mohanty said.
The curriculum is spread into four themes – being smart, being safe, being a digital citizen and being future ready.
“This will help student identify between good content and bad content. In advance classes, we are talking about privacy, device management, intellectual property and reputation management,” Mohanty said.
Google will not charge any fee for the training, she said.
“We are working on internet for all in India and the purpose of such programme is to create good experience over internet,” Mohanty said.